Red Velvet Cake (More Chocolate Than Other Recipes)

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is a traditional type Red Velvet Cake that contains chocolate. If you've never had this cake it can look strange because of the color but it's red due to the food coloring and also because the chemical reaction between the vinegar and buttermilk turns the cocoa a reddish brown. You can frost this any way you want. Traditionally cream cheese frosting is used, but there are plenty of versions that call for pecan or pecan/coconut frosting. Be sure to use cake flour for the best texture.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F Grease and flour two 9 inch baking pans or three 8 inch baking pans.
  2. Cream butter and sugar in large bowl; add eggs and vanilla, beating well. Stir together buttermilk and food color. Mix flour, cocoa and salt. Add dry ingredients alternately to butter mixture with buttermilk mixture, mixing well between additions. In a separate small bowl mix baking soda and vinegar. Add to batter. Pour into prepared pan.
  3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Frost preferably with cream cheese frosting or any frosting you like.
  4. Note: Using a Dutch process cocoa will yield a less red cake.
Most Helpful

We enjoyed this chocolate, red colored cake!!! I used a 9X13 inch pan rather than the two cake pans. The cake itself is very tasty but turned out on the dry side for us, maybe as the baking time had to be increased for this type of pan. We frosted it with a cream cheese frosting. Thanks Marie for a nice cake recipe. Made for Spring PAC 2008.

diner524 April 23, 2008

very good my 8 kids & 4 grandkids love it the 5 kids a baby set love it too

shortstuff_29_1977 January 05, 2008